A player with quite a few tools, but hasn’t put it all together. Don’t you love that cliche? Nevertheless, Mora has been around for a while and he had some promise around him, he’s likely going to lose some playing time to some other players due to not enough performance.
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OF John Mora
L/L, 5’11” 195 lbs, 5/31/1993 (23), Signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2011 for an undisclosed amount
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The Dominican John Mora has been around the Mets system since 2011, signing with the team at 18 for an undisclosed amount. and has enjoyed a lot of good performance within the organization.
After two solid seasons posting an excellent on base percentages and a nice ability to hit for extra bases in the Dominican Summer League, Mora was sent to Gulf Coast League, where he hit .318/.433/.427 in 32 games as a 21 year old. The Mets felt confident in sending him to Brooklyn after such a strong showing, and he did well, batting average-wise, but didn’t get on base or hit for much more pop. In 2015, he won the Sterling Award for stellar play in the Gulf Coast League.
The Mets the next year sent him to Full Season A Savannah where he was a nice table-setter for the team. He had an excellent year, hitting 37 extra base hits including his first career homer and four others to follow. He hit 12 triples, and got on base at a 11.9 % clip while striking out 14.9% of the time. His overall slash line at .278/.368/.428 was excellent for the outfielder, but he was a bit old for the level at 22 years old.
He looked to continue that success with High-A St. Lucie as a 23 year old in 2016. While he continued to get on base, walking 11.9 % of the time yet again, he didn’t show the same power in the advanced pitcher’s league. Overall, he hit .246/.341/.346, with 27 extra base hits including five more home runs.
Mora has a short stroke that allows him to hit for contact. His approach is really nice, allowing him to take quite a few walks and get on base at a good rate, and does not strike out too much. His bat isn’t much in the power variety, projecting for below-average power, but he is good hitting to the gaps for many doubles and triples and possibly up to 10 homers annually.
Defensively he has enough speed, above-average, to stick in center, but plays much better on the corners. He gets good reads in the outfield and takes nice routes. His arm is above average and can fit in right field and be fine in center field.
His overall package fits to be a possible fourth outfield type that can play all three positions and get on base at a great clip and some power to the gaps. On the off-chance his power develops a bit more, he could become a starter, but that is a low chance. For 2017, he’ll play in Double-A Binghamton, but on a corner outfield spot in deference to Champ Stuart.
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